Desson Thomson

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For 1,634 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Desson Thomson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Secrets & Lies
Lowest review score: 0 American Outlaws
Score distribution:
1634 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Polanski, himself a survivor of Nazi-occupied Poland, has created a near-masterpiece.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Isn't just a fabulous seagoing spectacle. It's one for the ages.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Manchurian, with its fatalistic, dreamlike quality, comprises two of [Frankenheimer's] finest hours. [Re-release]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Eastwood's elegantly directed Mystic River, a deeply textured drama in which the sins (or perceived sins) of the past weigh heavily on the present.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    An extraordinary film ... that's impossible to dismiss or leave unmoved.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    As viscerally compelling as smash-mouth filmmaking gets.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A humanistic gem of a movie, with unforgettable performances from Linney and Ruffalo.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Its themes of passion, heartbreak and the inexorable passage of time are eternal.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    One of the most pleasurable movies of the year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    An extraordinarily riveting drama.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Watching this masterwork allows you to return to the filmmaking sensibility of the 1960s, when epics looked like epics.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The most eloquent and exacting vision of the war to date... Inspired with technique rather than overblown with it, Kubrick, the filmmaker's filmmaker, lays one on you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A story that rips fleshy holes through your heart.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Something to treasure: a thriller whose style, structure and rhythms are so integrated with the story, you cannot separate them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A sequel that eclipses the original. The toys are back with even more hilarious vengeance. The story's twice as inventive as its predecessor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A movie that appeals to the eye, mind, heart and funny bone; that's a pretty good quadruple for any movie.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    To watch "Lives" is not just to enjoy a fabulously constructed timepiece; it's to appreciate a deft cautionary tale.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    May not be the first movie to examine the creative process. But it's the most playfully brilliant.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A small masterpiece of a documentary that takes us into the heart of a complex darkness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It's one of the most powerful films of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    If you don’t like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, have your pulse checked... You'll forget yourself right through to the end when Porky Pig, dressed as a cop, says "M-move along, there's n-nothing more to s-see folks." [24 June 1988]
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A great American picture, full of incredible images and lasting moments.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    You believe in everything.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The Piano plays itself with such contrapuntal richness, it resonates in you forever.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The best heist flick since "The Usual Suspects," a perfect 10 of a movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Its mixture of wisdom and whimsy -- exemplified by the movie's unnamed and occasionally cheeky narrator -- makes this Australian movie feel as timeless as it is timely. And instead of feeling dutifully cultural as we immerse ourselves in this story, we're genuinely intrigued, touched and even amused.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It's easily the best and brightest family-friendly movie of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The result is one of Almodovar's darkest films since the early days of "Law of Desire" and "Matador," and certainly one of his finest.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    One of the most startling, grittily brilliant films in recent years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Awash in heart-rending emotions and gorgeous images, this is a movie to lose yourself in.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    What gives About Schmidt its ultimate boost, what pushes it into the stirring heavens is Nicholson, who produces the most understated -– and one of the most powerful –- performances of his career.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Through this miasma of pain and suffering, love may not flicker more strongly than a dim lamp. But it's the only beacon to consider. Can Barry find his? Thanks to Anderson's assured picture, a symphony of cinematic textures, that disarmingly simple question becomes incredibly compelling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Not since the 1972 'Cabaret' has there been a movie musical this stirring, intelligent and exciting.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    This movie is not only a thrilling experience, it closes the book on a truly satisfying trilogy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The list of great moments is virtually endless.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Instead of "Masterpiece Theatre"-style fawning, [Scorsese] fills this movie with visual flow, masterful cinematography and assured direction. There's an alert, thinking presence behind the camera.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Brilliant and brutal, funny and exhilarating, jaw-droppingly cruel and disarmingly sweet...To watch this movie (whose 2 1/2 hours speed by unnoticed) is to experience a near-assault of creativity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Simple, yet quietly astonishing film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Few movies have evoked the happiness of a good, strong family as genuinely as this one. And this affecting atmosphere makes the eventual outcome resonate with great power.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    You emerge from this experience rather like a returning U-boat crewman -- drained, blinking in the light, but oddly triumphant. [Director's cut]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Moolaade, in short, is a movie to rock the soul.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Fabulously kinetic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Wings is a soaring vision that appeals to the senses and the spirit. (Review of Original Release)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It's a great pleasure that -- we get to ponder one of the most involving psychological mysteries in recent memory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Dramatically, this is something of a waking dream.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    For those who enjoy cinematic visits to other, darker worlds, this blood's for you. Watching Ringers is not unlike watching a critical operation -- unnerving but also enthralling. [23 Sept 1988]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The satire of the season, a hilarious, razor-sharp indictment of the American Dream.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    [The children's] remarkable lack of self-consciousness ... and Kore-eda's quasi-documentary style give this movie a stunning credibility.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A movie with the visual expanse of a John Ford western and the ensemble grandeur and long takes of a Robert Altman picture. The movie is definitely Chinese in content, but it exudes American style and spirit.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A great little film, dignified by a superb performance, Diamond Men is a gem.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Maintains its artistic magnificence after more than 30 years.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    There are so many good things to say about this film it's hard to find a statement that really nails it. Perhaps we can leave at this: Y Tu Mama Tambien is originality writ large.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A rare commodity. It's brilliant and a guilty pleasure. A subtle damning of things Hollywood, Robert Altman's seriocomedy slices its target with a thousand, imperceptible razor cuts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Kidman grabs center stage and never relinquishes the position. Playing mercilessly against her pinup girl image, she's an unforgettable, comic archetype—a more slapsticky corollary to William Hurt's bumbling, handsome newscaster in "Broadcast News."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Doesn't need the passage of time to become a classic. It's one already.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It hasn't aged so much as triumphantly metastasized. (Review twenty years after release).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The visual comedy is brilliant.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Hilarious…The joy of Beetlejuice is its completely bizarre -- but perfectly realized -- view of the world, a la Gary Larson's "The Far Side," or "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." [1 Apr 1988]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Exquisitely textured film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Has to be one of the must-see films for any student of Hollywood fame and infamy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    By the end, you realize you've seen an extraordinary movie, easily one of the best of the year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Kryzstof Kieslowski's White...is a continuing testament to the Polish director's poetic mastery. Like all of Kieslowski's works, White articulates a whole language of sensations, images, ironies and mystery -- often with a minimum of dialogue. But it is no rarefied, abstract exercise. The movie...aches with human dimension.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    More like a waking nightmare than a docudrama. A true story of murder and justice evidently miscarried, wrapped in the fictional haze of a surrealistic whodunit, it will leave you in a trance for days. [2 Sept 1988]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It's a guaranteed must-see for its generation. Sin City has a long, long shelf life ahead.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Wickedly funny and devilishly subversive. It is satire at its most fearless.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A classically polished drama about repressed emotions, self delusion and protracted heartbreak, this Merchant/Ivory movie is one of the most affecting experiences of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It's more than a detailed account of one man's petty vindictiveness in a bygone era. It's about how our hatred can consume us so deeply that we lose sight of everything.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Superbly conceived anti-biopic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    One fabulous Middle-earth show.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    This movie is great in any version...I don't miss what has been cut from the new version. The overall effect is so beautifully wrought, a few details aren't going to bring things crashing down.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It gets you below the emotional belt in a searing, delicate way. No movie this year approaches such magnificent imagery, such delectable poetry.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Chinese director Zhang Yimou understands perfectly that the small can be epic and awe-inspiring. And, by the way, he knows how to get big, too.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    If you want to sample the sheer bouquet of great acting, you could get drunk on this movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A movie for aesthetically hungry moviegoers: wildly amusing, sometimes sardonic and always touching. There's so much here, and all of it delightful.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    There's no doubt about the film's sheer power and taut originality.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    With the exception of the opening scene -- whose purpose is chiefly comic -- the movie is one, extended climax. Even with flashbacks and other time jumps, it never lets up. You have to go back to Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1952 "The Wages of Fear" to recall suspense this relentless.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    An extraordinary and brilliant (and almost wordless) film that takes us above ground and below it, up in the air and deep below water, to follow its conundrum of a story.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Reveals itself detail by searing detail.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A guaranteed pleasure for anyone who ever loved pop music, owned a record collection or suffered in love
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Wickedly funny. In fact, Heathers may be the nastiest, cruelest fun you can have without actually having to study law or gird leather products. If movies were food, Heathers would be a cynic's chocolate binge.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    In this final installment of a glorious trilogy (which includes the films “Blue” and “White”) he has saved his greatest for last.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It doesn't matter how many times you see these images. They're always exciting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    The film's not only funny and weird, it's oddly poignant. I miss Hedwig already.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    It is sheer brilliance and testament to the vitality of an old master.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    Masterfully arranged for color, texture, decor and camera fluidity, The Conformist is more like a symphonic poem than a movie. (Review of 1994 Release)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    A jarring, mesmerizing documentary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Desson Thomson
    With its deft intercutting of place and time, the film creates a powerful sense of mysticism and fate.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    There's a lot in this movie, simple, big, small and exciting. It's the year's first serious contender for big prizes. What's not to like about this picture?
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    This movie, directed with precision and an appreciation for (relatively) rich character texture by Sam Raimi, remembers all the fine elements of the original film (and the comic book story). It reprises them perfectly, including wonderfully choreographed, skyscraper-hanging fights.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Want to see something strange, funny, twisted, brilliant and macabre? Sure you do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A movie that dares you to slow down and enjoy the subtleties of life.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Lilya's struggle to make a life for herself is both heartbreaking and heart-stirring.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The 11-year-old Osment evokes the boy's terror and awful predicament so memorably, you'll never forget him.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A beautifully textured, disarmingly simple movie about romantic devotion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Sinfully watchable ensemble movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    One of the great movie satires. And if it isn't the funniest rock spoof ever made, it certainly shares the title with "The Rutles."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    Each revelation seems more disturbing than the next. But Chinese treatment of Tibetans is only half the heartbreak. The other is the amazing resilience of the Tibetans, who are overwhelmingly Buddhist.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    The movie equivalent of a great read. It's a masterfully conducted concert of characters...already head and shoulders above most of the competition.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    You're exhilarated from beginning to end.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Desson Thomson
    A canny (and profoundly sexy) movie.

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